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Signs, Signs #57:

14 Mar

Last month we had a quick getaway trip to the wine country which included an overnight stay at a wonderful inn, a fabulous post-Valentine dinner and wine tasting at 2 different wineries.

One of the wineries we visited was Ferrari-Carano, which boasts a beautiful manicured garden. Because it was still winter, the blooms were limited. But I spotted this sign next to an oak tree inside the garden. Very interesting and educational.

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Who would have thought, not I? I thought corks in wine bottles were made of synthetic materials.
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Here’s a close up shot of the trunk of the coak oak tree. Fascinating isn’t it?

SIGNS.

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18 Comments

Posted by on March 14, 2012 in SIGNS

 

18 responses to “Signs, Signs #57:

  1. Andy

    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    The cork tree has to wait 50 years before getting corked. What a pity. I was getting corked long before that 🙂

     
  2. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I think they all used to be made of the real stuff but as it has gotten more expensive, many wineries do use the synthetic corks now. So you were partly right. But what a neat tree to be growing at the vineyard.

    Envy your little getaway — been quite a while since we did a wine tour. Maybe next summer.

     
  3. EG CameraGirl , Canada

    March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t believe I have ever seen a cork oak before. Neat!

     
  4. RedPat

    March 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t think I have ever seen cork bark either! Nice informative sign.

     
  5. Ebie

    March 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Great textures on the bark of the cork tree. I am at the ripe age to be “corked” out!

     
  6. Halcyon

    March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    A really interesting tree! I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s cool to have a little description of it on the sign.

     
  7. J Bar

    March 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Great post.

     
  8. jewaicious

    March 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Great shots. Tree trunks are one of the best subjects, so classic and filled with life and texture.

     
  9. Yogi

    March 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I’d never much thought about it. It is interesting that it takes so long before cork can be extracted. Also that the working life of a cork tree is lots longer than that of a human.

    Very interesting post, both for the information but also the nice pics.

    Thanks

     
  10. dianne7777

    March 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    that is interesting
    good old trees, they do so much

     
  11. genie

    March 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I have wanted to stay at a winery for years and years. Maybe one day. That tree is something else. I have never seen anything like it. genie

     
  12. PM

    March 15, 2012 at 2:53 am

    wow first time to see this tree, very cool!

     
  13. Lindy MacDuff

    March 15, 2012 at 3:25 am

    I’d never really thought about where cork came from before. Now I’m wondering who decided that cork was a good thing to use for closing/sealing a bottle?

     
  14. NixPages

    March 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Great sign! Most of our wines here in Australia are now fitted with screw tops. This resulted from the cork shortage that happened a couple of decades ago…

     
  15. mark australia

    March 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I miss wine with corks. As Nix said, it is almost impossible to buy a bottle of wine in Australia that’s not screw capped. My cork screw gets little work unless i buy a bottle of French wine. Great post ewok.

     
  16. Lesley

    March 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Nice close up of the cork bark.

     
  17. Oakland Daily Photo

    March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Some California wine makers are also moving to twist caps. I read that Portugal was worried about this trend. Cork trees, if harvested well, seem to be a self sustaining industry, so why the switch?

     
  18. docgelo

    March 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

    interesting! a cork in every bottle of wine matters to me now after viewing this entry, haha!

     

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